Three people were injured and a suspect is dead after a domestic-related case that ended as an officer-involved shooting in Herndon, Virginia.
Officers said were called around 3 p.m. Monday to a townhouse on the 13300 block of Covered Wagon Lane for by two brothers who told them they were shot by someone in the home. Those two men drove themselves to the hospital and are expected to survive their wounds.
When officers arrived to the scene, they realized the suspect was holding another victim hostage inside the townhome.
“We we had a hostage inside the home who called 911 and told them he couldn’t breathe,” said Chief Edwin Roessler.
Fairfax County police said an officer negotiated with the suspect. As they negotiated, officers saw smoke coming from the home and immediately called Fairfax Fire and Rescue. Detectives later determined that the shooting suspect had set the fire while negotiators were at work.
During the stand-off, police said the suspect fired several rounds inside the home. Police said they tried stunning the suspect and using non-lethal rounds before seeing the man at the door with a knife in his hand. Officers shot the man and he was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died.
The hostage victim was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.
Fairfax County police have not released any information about what initiated the shootings.